James Tillery Johnson

December 5, 2008


James ‘Jim’ Tillery Johnson, age 86 of Ahoskie,NC died Friday, December 5, 2008 under Hospice care at the home of Jamie and Becky Johnson with family members at his side after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and other complications. Jim was born May 9, 1922 in Scotland Neck and was the son of the late Hugh and Ruby Tillery Johnson.

Jim’s early schooling was in Scotland Neck but after his dad lost the family farm in the great depression, Jim’s family moved to Raleigh where he graduated from N.B. Broughten. Jim attended NC State College and was a proud member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity until he joined the Army in 1943. Jim served his country in WWII and was a POW in Germany. After leaving the Army in 1945, he graduated from NC State, Class of ’47, on the GI Bill with a degree in agriculture. Jim’s first love was farming but he was a multi-talented entrepreneur, being involved in nursing homes, restaurants, LP gas distribution, Ace Hardware and other endeavors in Scotland Neck and Ahoskie areas. He was well known for his infectious smile, his love of ‘old folks’ and his ‘can do ‘ attitude. His love of hard work was an inspiration to his children, his community, his many partners and employees.

Jim was a member of the First Baptist Church of Scotland Neck and the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ahoskie .

Jim was married to the late Gene Johnson for 37 years and they shared a love of Atlantic Beach and their many friends in Eastern North Carolina.

A Graveside service will be held Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 11 AM in Baptist Cemetery in Scotland Neck and will receive friends prior to the service at 10:30 AM. A Memorial service will be held Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 2 PM at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ahoskie with a Reception to follow. Rev. Jeff Douglas will officiate.

He is survived by his children Hugh Johnson and his wife Elvira of Hawaii, Mandy Johnson of Morehead City, Jamie and Becky Johnson of Ahoskie, Evans Johnson of Ahoskie, Katy Lewis and her husband Ceaso of Scotland Neck, Jim Lea and his wife Catherine of Wilmington, Rhett Quattlebaum and her husband Corey of Greenville, grandchildren Jason ,Michael, Scarlett, Lauren, Tillery, Loftin, Steed, Ashley, Cullen, Eliza and Addy, sister in law Molly Johnson of Winston Salem, and a special friend and caregiver Bernice Mabine and his first wife Katy Evans Johnson.

Jim was predeceased by a brother Hugh Johnson, a sister Ruby McLaughon, two nieces Nell McLaughon and Amy Johnson Steele and one nephew James Weeks Johnson.

The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Garrett Funeral Home in Ahoskie.

Memorials can be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Ahoskie Food Pantry, Scotland Neck Food Bank ,First Baptist Church of Scotland Neck , 1015 Church Street, Scotland Neck, NC 27874, University Health Systems Hospice Care, 521 West Myers Street, Ahoskie,NC 27910 and Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

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Ricky, Jerri Lynn & Lee Britt
15 years ago

Jamie, Becky, Tillery, Loftin and Steed:

You all have been in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts go out to you during your time of loss. May GOD continue to be with your family.

JohnnieRay Farmer
15 years ago

Jamie and family, Mr. Jim was a fine man who served his country and community well. We are truely grateful for his dedicated service. On behalf of the American Legion and our family, we wish you comfort and blessings in your loss. God bless you.

JohnnieRay and Paula Farmer

Toni Liverman McKay
15 years ago

I had the privilege of working for Jim while employed by Guardian Care Nursing Home of Ahoskie as assistant to the director. I was a “Lassiter” at that time.I enjoyed getting to Mr. Johnson and his son who, I believe, runs Ace Hardware (Jamie {spelling?}).

He was a straight up fella and he will be missed.

Mary M. Cox
15 years ago

I was sorry to hear about your loss.

My prayers are that God will comfort

you in this time of sorrow. It was a

pleasure to have met Mr. Jim.

Valerie Thompson
15 years ago

My heart goes out to you and your family during your time of sorrow.May it comfort you knowing that others are thinking of you. May God Bless and strengthen you and your family during these difficult times.

Valerie Thompson

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Alison,Susan,and Stan
15 years ago

Dear Jamie,Becky,Tillery,Loftin and Steed,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you morn the loss of JJ.He was a wonderful,loving,funny…parent,grand parent and friend to all who knew him.We look forward to joining the celebration of his life this weekend.

Love,Alison,Susan,and Stan

Cy Grant
15 years ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Johnson Family.

Dennis Vick
15 years ago

Jamie and Becky,

Candace and I were so sorry to hear about your father. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Ben Park Terrell
15 years ago

To the family of Jim Johnson and to Gene Johnson —- God gave Jim to us as a wonderful friend, a servant, a husband, father, and a wonderful Classmate at Broughton High School Class of 1941. Jim was always jolly and the life of the group by his wit, personality, and friendship! He will be missed by all who knew Jim. I know that I will miss him greatly.